Grace BarnesGrace Barnes
b. 1965 Theatre director and playwright. Grace was born in Edinburgh and moved to Shetland at the age of 7. Her written work for theatre includes: Angels’ Wings A Play, A Pie and a Pint season at Oran Mhor, Glasgow; Fergus Steps Out Lung Ha Theatre, Edinburgh; Lavender Blue Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh; Auld Lang Syne Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh; Wave Me Goodbye and Another Lovely War (co-author) for Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh; Zander’s Boat Skeklers Theatre Company, Shetland, Signature Theatre Arlington, BBC Radio 4. Her adaptations include John Graham’s Shadowed Valley for Shetland Arts, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island for Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and Jackie Kay’s award winning Trumpet for Skeklers Theatre Company including the Citizen’s Theatre Glasgow and the Drill Hall, London. Grace has written the script for two musicals premiered at Signature Theatre in Arlington, USA – Crossing (2009) and Nevermore (2006) - and is currently under commission for a third, The Blue Poppy.
As a director Grace has acted as Associate on many large scale musicals in London and Australia, including the UK premieres of Martin Guerre and The Witches of Eastwick for Cameron Mackintosh, West Side Story and Guys and Dolls for Ambassador Theatre Group, Sunset Boulevard for the Really Useful Group, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Falstaff, Simon Boccanegra and Il Turco in Italia for Opera Australia. She was Associate director on the recent Australian tour of War Horse for the National Theatre of Great Britain.
Grace’s non-fiction book discussing issues concerning gender and musical theatre, Her Turn on Stage, is published by McFarland USA, https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/her-turn-on-stage/
Her creative non-fiction essay, The Art of Fair Isle Knitting is contained in the 2017 University of Technology Sydney Creative Writing Anthology, Strange Objects Covered with Fur https://www.utswritersanthology.com/blog/2017/11/25/2015-